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To get to his house, Jim biked along an old dirt road, which cut through the woods.

Shouldn't it be "which cuts through ..."?
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07 Oct 2010, 03:47
No. "Cut" is correct. "Biked" is in simple past so is "Cut". remember the 3 forms of cut are same.
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07 Oct 2010, 04:03
I'm not sure the simple past tense for "cut" is appropriate here, as it would mean the old dirt road doesn't exist anymore or doesn't cut any longer through the woods.

Anyone else has an idea?
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07 Oct 2010, 05:16
One can not fancy with certainty that the dirt road cut though the woods in the past, cuts through currently and will cut through in the future. Only for universal truths are we allowed to use present tense, as in the case of’ the sun rises in the east, although the sun rose in the east in the past, rises in the east at present and will rise in the east for any infinite number of years in the future. In all other cases, best to go in tandem with the tense of the main verb, without causing shift.
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03 Jan 2011, 17:20
daagh wrote:
One can not fancy with certainty that the dirt road cut though the woods in the past, cuts through currently and will cut through in the future. Only for universal truths are we allowed to use present tense, as in the case of’ the sun rises in the east, although the sun rose in the east in the past, rises in the east at present and will rise in the east for any infinite number of years in the future. In all other cases, best to go in tandem with the tense of the main verb, without causing shift.

I still cannot understand WHy it isnt cuts..
WHy is it cut..
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06 Jan 2011, 19:34
jullysabat,

Both of the following sentences are grammatically correct:

"To get to his house, Jim biked along an old dirt road, which cut through the woods."
"To get to his house, Jim biked along an old dirt road, which cuts through the woods."

In the first example, the implication is that the road is no longer there. In the second example, the path is still there. I can't say exactly why we chose to use the first example, but I wouldn't stress out over this issue.

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07 Jan 2011, 20:39
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jullysabat,

Both of the following sentences are grammatically correct:

"To get to his house, Jim biked along an old dirt road, which cut through the woods."
"To get to his house, Jim biked along an old dirt road, which cuts through the woods."

In the first example, the implication is that the road is no longer there. In the second example, the path is still there. I can't say exactly why we chose to use the first example, but I wouldn't stress out over this issue.

Brett

Thanks Brett for this explanation....
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